Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. (Mac’s) has made crime prevention an integral part of their corporate responsibility; demonstrating the continued commitment to the overall safety of their employees and communities in over 600 locations across Ontario, according to a November 22, 2012 press release.  

The following is taken from the press release:

Mac’s understands the critical importance partnerships play in the prevention of crime and the accumulative positive impact such collaborative actions can have on protecting the vital interests of a community. Mac’s commitment to crime prevention for a safer community is being recognized on an International level.

The Mac’s Central Loss Prevention Team has been acknowledged as world leaders in Crime Prevention at the recent International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) Conference in Las Vegas.

Nominated by the Ontario Provincial Police for initiatives like their Operation Freeze/Operation Heat positive ticketing program – Lock It or Lose It auto theft prevention program – AMBER Alert partnership – Provincial Robbery Prevention program – SAFEGuard Ontario and the introduction of their social media MacCrimeBusters initiative; Mac’s Convenience Stores and the Loss Prevention Team have been put in front of the world as leaders in Crime Prevention.

The two ISCPP awards were handed out on October 10th, 2012:

Volunteer of The Year – Presented to Sean Sportun, ICPS Manager, Security & Loss Prevention - To annually recognize the outstanding contributions made by crime prevention volunteers whose exceptional dedication and commitment to crime prevention has enhanced crime prevention initiatives at local, state-province, and national levels.

Business of The Year – Presented to Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc - To annually recognize the outstanding crime prevention programs of a profit-making business that have made the most significant contribution to the prevention of crime for their organizations or for their community.

This International recognition was a team effort – The Loss Prevention Team comprising of Sean Sportun, Robert Balecki, Dion Angelini, Jenny Thompson and Chloe Brumbaugh have all contributed to the continued success on the Department.

“I am proud of the Loss Prevention Team and what we have accomplished over the years, it is truly a team effort” Sportun said. “The dedication, professionalism, enthusiasm and creativity of the team to ‘get things done’ is being used as a model for others worldwide to follow – which is humbling.”

To further complement the Departments successes: On October 4th, 2012 Sean Sportun was recognized by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) with the 2012 Security Practitioners Award for the MacsCrimeBusters social media initiative. As well, Sportun was awarded the 2012 Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services Ovation Award in September, 2012.

Toronto Police Officer Scott Mills and Toronto Crime Stoppers were first to congratulate Mac’s and Sean over social media.

By working together with the community, youth and Police Services; Mac’s Convenience Stores will continue to make a difference in the prevention of crime at their locations and in the many communities across Ontario.